Monthly Archives: February 2018

A Matter of Blood – Catherine Maiorisi 

A Matter of Blood - Catherine Maiorisi Subtitled a “A Chiara Corelli Mystery” this is, I hope, the first in an extended new crime series.  NYPD Detective Chiara Corelli has survived Afghanistan, Iraq and a life-threatening under-cover op routing out dirty officers, now she must suffer the blue wall of ostracism for turning in fellow cops, and at the same time be accused of being dirty herself.

To get back into real work Corelli needs a trustworthy partner/bodyguard or she will be consigned to desk duty. She is assigned the newly promoted Detective, P.J. Parker, daughter of a Senator who hates NYPD; an ex ADA with high flying credentials and fashion-plate suits.

Sparks fly as Corelli uses Parker as a whipping boy for her frustration and an outlet for her unacknowledged PTSD, while Parker fumes at her attitude and fights for her place in the Homicide squad. Assigned to a Wall Street murder with more suspects than an Agatha Christie novel, Corelli and Parker must fight hard to uncover the many layers of deception, while watching their backs as the Righteous Partners threaten Corelli and anyone close to her.

This is an excellent mystery and whodunit with well-developed characters, an interesting backstory and great potential. Corelli and Parker both have a huge pile of baggage, difficult relationships with their fathers and something to prove. Both are fighting for their careers in different ways, but their forced partnership develops with a great mix of antagonism and growing respect.

The action is face paced but nicely interspersed with moments of stillness and humanity. Corelli’s Italian-American family play a prominent role in creating a loving backdrop for a publically unloved figure. The mystery is multi-layered and, just like a good Agatha Christie, we really don’t know who actually did it until every layer is exposed. But the whole murder mystery is superseded by the threat to Coreli and her family which only a moral dilemma can resolve.

Well written, enjoyable reading. I literally can’t wait for the next one to see where Ms Maiorisi  takes us with both the crime-fighting team and the prospective romance.



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Product info:

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • First published 2018
  • Publisher: Bella Books (February 16, 2018)
  • ASIN: B079DSYKGV
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Sand Letters – R.E. Bradshaw

Sand Letters – R.E. Bradshaw1976 and 15 year old Margie Whooten is trying to figure out who she is and where she fits. While sat in a hospital waiting room an older woman winks and leaves her novel behind, clearly intending Margie to pick it up. So begins Margie’s journey into adulthood; she isn’t alone both in her feelings and her strained relationship with her mum.

R.E. Bradshaw is an excellent writer whose thriller series is one of the best and whose romances will always sweep you off your feet. This new novella, clearly intended as a series, brings us a charming coming of age story. The characters are well drawn and engaging, not perfect but real, recognisable. Their individual journeys will hit a nerve and are cleverly interspersed with flashback historical moments that will bring back many memories.

As always the setting is an integral part of the tale and we are once again taken to the sea-shores of the outer banks where Margie surfs, fishes and runs wild as we could in those more innocent days. Full of lessons from both heartache and her older crush, many of us will wish we had had such a mentor.

Charming reading – looking forward to more.



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Product info:

  • Paperback: 111 pages
  • First published 2018
  • Publisher: January 29, 2018
  • ASIN: B079G6FRV7
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